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Applications are available now! The deadline for the 2017 Spring Semester Cycle is October 21, 2016. We have 7 scholarships available. Each application is posted below and each scholarship has different criteria for applying. Please refer any questions to our team directly at foundation.director@betachitheta.com.

About

Beta Chi Theta Foundation Description

The Beta Chi Theta Foundation, established in 2015, has been created to support the educational advancement for the members of Beta Chi Theta, a South Asian-interest Fraternity. The Foundation will provide scholarships (merit- and need-based) and funding for leadership development opportunities to undergraduate and graduate members of the Fraternity. The foundation is incorporated in the State of Indiana and has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the IRS.

Programs

Merit Undergrad Scholarships

The Beta Chi Theta Foundation, during its inaugural year, hopes to distribute undergraduate scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic years. Criteria for consideration will include, but are not limited to: academic history/performance, community involvement, and involvement within the Beta Chi Theta Chapter/Colony. These scholarships will be open to any undergraduate member and will be awarded based on the decision arrived by our Board of Directors.

Merit Graduate Scholarship

The Beta Chi Theta Foundation intends to develop a graduate level scholarship, intended for members of the fraternity pursuing advanced degrees. Similar to the Undergraduate Scholarship, criteria will include, but are not limited to: academic history/performance, community involvement, and involvement within the Beta Chi Theta Chapter/Colony. These scholarships will be open to any alumnus member and will be awarded based on the decision arrived by our Board of Directors.

Leadership Grants

The establishment of this fund will enable members of the fraternity to attend conferences and programs outside of regular academic courses. Individual members of the fraternity will be encouraged to request funding to attend programs geared towards leadership development and growth. These grants will be open to any member and will be awarded based on the decision arrived by our Board of Directors.

Donor’s Scholarship/Fund

The foundation is willing to develop programs to fund the charitable ambitions of our esteemed donors. To develop a scholarship of fund through this option, please contact foundation.director@betachitheta.com. Note: Applications will become available in February 2016.

Leadership

Executive Team

Executive Director

Jay Bhimani

As the Executive Director for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation, Jay’s responsibilities include strategic leadership and oversight of the Foundation and acting liaison between the Foundation’s executive team and its Board of Directors. In addition to serving as the Foundation’s Executive Director, he works at Beacon Health Options as a Director on their Corporate Strategy team in Boston. He received his degree in Management and Finance from Purdue University.

Finance Director

Pathik Patel

As the Finance Director for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation, Pathik's responsibilities include financial planning, budgeting, and reporting to both internal/external stakeholders, and working closely with the Foundation’s Executive Director on fundraising related activities. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation, Pathik is currently an Investment Operations Associate at Arrowstreet Capital in Boston and was previously with PricewaterhouseCooper's Assurance Practice in Hartford, CT. Pathik has also served in various leadership roles within the Fraternity, most recently as the VP for Financial Affairs on Beta Chi Theta’s Executive Board. He graduated with a bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and holds a CPA.

Strategic Initiatives Director

Samarth Patel

As the Strategic Initiatives Director for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation, Samarth's responsibilities include overseeing daily and long-term initiatives for the Foundation, including IRS exemption correspondence and programmatic development. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation, Samarth is a Financial Analyst with Pratt & Whitney. Samarth graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in finance.

Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board

Vivek Surti

Vivek Surti currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Beta Chi Theta Foundation. In addition to this role, Surti also serves on the Board of Trustees for Beta Chi Theta Fraternity. Vivek’s past experiences include serving as a political fundraiser, as National President of Beta Chi Theta Fraternity, and as a Communications Director for the Tennessee Business Roundtable. He received his BA in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and resides in Nashville, TN.

Board Member

Vinay Kohli

Vinay Kohli currently serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors providing legal and strategic guidance to the Executive team. In addition to his involvement with the Foundation, he also works as an Attorney with Miller Barondess, LLP. Vinay received his BBA in Finance, Masters in Accounting, and JD from the University of Texas, Austin. He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and newborn daughter.
Disclaimer: Jay Bhimani currently serves on the board of directors in an interim capacity.

Positions

The Beta Chi Theta Foundation is seeking to add three new members to its team! The following positions are open for applications: Click the title above for job description and application instructions. Applications are due by August 22nd, 2016. Email Jay Bhimani at foundation.director@betachitheta.com for any questions regarding these positions!

FAQs

Are officers and Directors of the Foundation paid positions?
No. Neither the Executive Officers nor Directors receive any form of compensation (including monetary or otherwise) for their involvement with the Foundation.
How do I claim my tax deduction?
At the beginning of each calendar year, the Beta Chi Theta Foundation will distribute a Letter of Acknowledgment for each donor, which will include the total amount of donations for the year. In addition to this, any single donation greater than or equal to $250 will receive its own Letter of Acknowledgement upon receipt, per IRS requirements. Note that the Letter of Acknowledgement is for Donor/Foundation records only.
Can I see where my money is going?
The Foundation is required by Federal Law to produce a full financial statement for each fiscal year. This financial statement is accessible on the Foundation Homepage. In addition to the financial statement, the Foundation will include a full newsletter within the publication on the website.
How do I get involved with the Foundation?
We are always looking for volunteers who can help spread the word about the Foundation and help us achieve our fundraising goals. Please contact Samarth Patel at foundation.chief@betachitheta.com, and our team will contact you.